Size that matters

Ever thought of the measurements of the sizes of sewing patterns? Going by centimeters only, I’m a perfect 42(16). Only when the dress is put together I always need to do the same alterations- I need to take in the hips and the bust-darts are too high.

I’ve come to realize that the person the pattern is made for doesn’t look like me. I have rather a full bust and not a very accentuated waist. I’m also in pretty good shape (I’m a dancer). The imagined 42 have smaller breasts (sitting higher up- get it?) and the hips in a different shape although the centimeters are the same.

Knowing this, I can make the alterations beforehand, although when working with new patterns I usually go with the pattern at first- prefer to cut off pieces afterwards instead of not having enough.

When I compare vintage patterns to new ones, however, there is one big difference- the dresses from the fifties and before are supposed to be worn with a corset underneath!Image

7 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by musingrunner on July 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I have learned the hard way to look at the finished size instead of the pattern size before cutting out a pattern. I don’t like a lot of ease, but my back is muscular so I have had to fiddle with arm holes. I am still learning to adjust patterns, but am enjoying the process.


  2. I’ve wasted some really good fabric relying on the pattern measurements! I know using a muslin would prevent some of my errors but I have a hard time using precious sewing time to make a mock garment! I too am learning to make adjustments beforehand.


  3. […] outfit after some debating if I should really make another sixties dress since I don’t use a corset. Copying the pattern was really difficult, not to mention cutting it. Why? Glad you asked. Somehow […]


  4. […] I never had a waist like that and I certainly don’t know. Of course they’re meant to be worn with a corset but still.  I figured if I ignored the fitting folds in the back it might actually […]


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